This is the kind of stuff we talk about in Mile Marker discussions. For parents, it’s so helpful to see how vastly different the adolescent experience is for their kids in duration and experience. For youth workers, it helps us understand that ministry to adolescents may not be “over” when they graduate high school—or even when they graduate from college. They may not need us to plan outlandish, crazy games, or take them to summer camp. But, they do need adults who are a season or two ahead of them in their lives to look to for guidance, encouragement, mentoring and practical resources (like teaching money management).
Long Road to Adulthood is Growing Even Longer
Baby boomers have long been considered the generation that did not want to grow up, perpetual adolescents even as they become eligible for Social Security. Now, a growing body of research shows that the real Peter Pans are not the boomers, but the generations that have followed. For many, by choice or circumstance, independence no longer begins at 21…read more
Duffy Robbins suggests that incarnational leadership requires us to be more signpost than salesperson, someone walking alongside adolescents helping them find the way rather than feeling the need to “make the sale” by securing another conversion. Denise McKinney provides parents and youth workers with some insight and practical ideas that will help make that purpose a reality…read more
Mile Markers: A Path for Nurturing Adolescent Faith is the heart and soul of my youth ministry practices and personal ministry lessons from thirteen years of leading the student ministry at Redeemer Covenant Church in Tulsa, OK.
It’s based on a scriptural roadmap for walking alongside our spiritual and biological children as they travel the long, winding road of adolescence.
If you are a youth worker who wants a more organic approach to leading adolescents on their spiritual journey, this book can help you envision and practice that kind of ministry.
If you are a parent who wants to be more intentional about leading your kids spiritually, this book has helps, reminders and ideas to guide you.
If you know a friend for whom this would be a good read, you can spread the word!
So, I invite you to take a spin with this sample chapter of Mile Markers! My hope is that you’ll be energized and eager to learn more!